Ralph Ewald Klier

Ralph Ewald Klier, of College Station, passed peacefully into God’s loving arms on February 19, 2012. A celebration of Ralph’s life will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Peace Lutheran Church in College Station with a reception to follow.

Ralph was born on September 16, 1940 in Fredericksburg, TX to Ewald and Josephine Klier. He graduated from Texas Lutheran College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He worked as a CPA and retired from Texas A&M University.

Ralph found a lasting happiness with Rita Ruff German. They were married on September 24, 1982 and spent the next 30 years living and loving together. God and family came first and foremost for Ralph. His faith was strong and obvious to all who knew him. Having survived a fight with leukemia in his 50s and receiving a heart transplant when he needed it most in his 60s, he knew that it was God who made miracles happen. Ralph knew that these second chances allowed him the the added time that he had with his family, the chance to meet his children’s spouses, and to know and love his 10 grandchildren. He was looking forward to saying thank you for the miracles he received in person. This is giving the family much comfort at this time as they know that Ralph is now in heaven, free of pain and suffering and he is enjoying an unimaginable walk with our Lord. May others recognize and follow his example of humility, and his self-giving love so that they too may experience that walk one day.

Ralph is survived by wife, Rita, and his 4 children: Korey Klier, of Durham, North Carolina, wife Amanda, and their children, Gabriel, Ethan, Elizabeth, and Zachary; Kristi Mueller, of College Station, husband Aaron, and their children Megan and Matthew; Brian German, of Caldwell, wife Steffany and their children Tyler and Ashley; Hillary Ramos, of Bryan, and her children Anthony and Kaylee; mother-in-law Rae Ruff, of Bryan; and former son-in-law Anthony Ramos and his wife Shauna. He is also survived by his siblings, Curtis Klier of Arlington and wife Kathy, Karen Klier, Gary Klier and wife Brenda, and Janet Jung and husband David, all of Fredericksburg; sister-in-law Nancy Carruthers and husband Bill of Whidbey Island, Washington, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Tracy and his brother Wilburn.

Ralph and Rita have been long-time active members of Peace Lutheran Church in College Station where he often helped teach Sunday School. Ralph was also an avid deer hunter and especially enjoyed the camaraderie he had while relaxing at the cabin in Fredericksburg with family and friends. He could sit for hours in a deer stand watching birds, rabbits, deer, and other creatures foraging. Ralph took delight in the fact that his children shared his interest in this hobby and enjoyed sharing the rewards from his trips from a stocked freezer throughout the year.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W. 26th St., Bryan TX 77803, an organization that took great care of Ralph in his finals days and that Ralph has supported for years.


  1. I worked with Ralph at OTSC and will always remember his smile. May you find comfort in God’s arms. Praying for the family.

  2. Rita and Ralph took me into their home and helped me complete my degree at Texas A&M. I will always be grateful for their help, friendship, and companionship when I needed them. Love to all the family and Ralph will always be remembered in our household.

  3. Rita,
    I am so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

    Sonja Schlandt

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